To share the holiday spirit with neighborhood wildlife, consider decorating a living tree in your yard with edible decorations – made with help from the kids!
Deck your yard in festive and edible apparel. We’ve put together a few DIY Decorative Feeder Ornaments that the whole family can get involved in making:
- Citrus Fruit Ornaments: Dry sliced oranges or lemons by baking them on a cookie sheet in a single layer on low heat. When dry, poke a hole in the dry fruit, add a loop of string and hang them on your tree.
- Popcorn and Cranberry Garland: Use a tapestry needle and sturdy thread to create a pattern of popped popcorn and fresh cranberries to adorn outdoor tree. If you or your child does not have the supplies or patience to create a full garland, opt for loops or shorter strings to hang over branches.
- Seed-Adorned Pine Cone or Bagel Ornaments: After tying a loop of string to the tip, cover a large pine cone with peanut butter. Help your child roll the covered pine cone in bird seed for a tasty treat for birds. This same idea works great with bagels. Tie a loop of string to half a sliced bagel, slather with peanut butter and dip in bird seed.
- Make Bird Seed Ornaments in Cookie Cutter Shapes: Go festive with your feeder. Follow this tutorial to create birdseed ornaments using flour, water, gelatin, corn syrup and birdseed.
- Cereal Garlands made from cereals like Cheerios or Fruit Loops are fun and purposeful for young children to make and also will provide a calories for foraging wildlife in the cold.
You can use a tree that’s growing in your yard, or repurpose your evergreen Christmas tree once your holiday celebrations are over. If you do reuse your evergreen tree after the holiday season, make sure all of the un-edible decorations are off of the tree. Find a place outdoors, ideally within viewing distance from your home. If you live in a cold climate, snow can offer support and stability for your tree; otherwise you may want to keep it in its tree stand with anchoring support or tie downs.